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Re: [O] [ANN] org-bibtex.el --- convert between Org headings and bibtex

From: Matt Lundin
Subject: Re: [O] [ANN] org-bibtex.el --- convert between Org headings and bibtex entries
Date: Mon, 25 Apr 2011 09:19:29 -0400
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Hi Eric and Christian,

Christian Moe <address@hidden> writes:

> The *conclusion* (where Eric Schulte's new bibtex functions should go)
> is not a big concern to me, but FWIW, the *premise* strikes me as
> unnecessarily restrictive.
> I submit that, for any non-Org format or application "foo", the module
> org-foo.el does not have to be restricted to providing an Org link
> type for foo. It seems a sensible namespace for e.g. foo-Org/Org-foo
> conversion functions as well. The fact that several modules so named
> *at present* only provide link functionality does not, I think, amount
> to a convention that this is all they should do.

Christian, you are right. I stand corrected. I agree that the namespace
can accommodate import/export/conversion features in addition to

Apologies (especially to Eric) for my wavering on where to put this.
This functionality is indeed not a generic bib backend, but rather
tightly integrated with bibtex-mode and the bibtex format. So a full +1
for adding this to org-bibtex.el. And that's my final answer... :)

>> By packaging the new functionality separately perhaps we could lay the
>> groundwork for internal, backend agnostic bibliographical export and
>> formatting---not unlike the way in which org-contacts.el replaces bbdb.
> That's a great aim. Still, a future bibliography module (be it
> "org-bib", "org-cite" or whatever) could just as well rely, for bits
> of bibtex functionality, on some utilities packaged in org-bibtex.



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